The Research Infrastructure Centre of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering (NTF) is a part of the Network of research and infrastructural centres at the University of Ljubljana (MRIC UL). Its performance is financed by the Slovenian research agency.
Infrastructure centre of Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering (RIC UL-NTF) supports scientific research, teaching and professional work in areas of production, functionalization and characterization of various organic and inorganic materials, with an emphasis on fiber forming and other polymeric (textile and graphic), metallic, non-metallic and composite materials, metallurgy, textile and graphic production technologies, geotechnology, mining and geoengineering, geology and environmental protection. The equipment enables numerical modeling and design of ecofriendly materials, products, processes and technologies. It allows the simulation of physical processes.
RIC UL-NTF combines all the great equipment of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, known by its high quality in terms of performance accuracy, ongoing maintenance and high professionalism of staff, performing the work on the equipment. Activity of RIC UL-NTF takes place within thirteen laboratories:
- Laboratoryfor MechanicalTextileandGraphics Technology,
- Laboratory forChemicalTextileandGraphics technology,
- Laboratory forTestingof Textileand GraphicMaterials,
- Analytical Laboratory,
- Laboratory ofEngineering Materials,
- Laboratory forCasting,
- Laboratory forMetallurgicalProcess Engineering,
- Laboratory forTransformation ofMaterials,
- Laboratory forThermal Engineering,
- Laboratory ofGeotechnical Engineering,
- Laboratory forMechanicalProcess Engineeringand
- Laboratoryof Mineralogy, Petrologyand Materials.
RIC UL-NTF provides infrastructure support to researchers from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering and supports their collaboration with research groups at the University of Ljubljana and other Slovenian universities, public research institutes in Slovenia and abroad. By its support high quality research are enabled within the framework of research programs, basic, applied, postdoctoral and targeted research projects funded by the Slovenian Research Agency, the EU and other international projects, COST actions, bilateral projects and training of young researchers.
An important activity of RIC UL-NTF is its integration in the teaching process at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. With its hardware and analytical equipment is actively involved in practical laboratory work, seminars, bachelor, master and doctoral theses.
RIC UL-NTF is involved in economy research. With a variety of expertise is supporting the development projects of the Slovenian textile, metallurgy, metal processing, mechanical and electrical industry as well as a variety of large and small enterprises.
RIC UL-NTF supports the government agencies and departments. It collaborates with various associations, organizations, institutions, museums and other users.